On This Day In History, 29 August

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World Events Today

  • European colonists in New Jersey established the first Indian reservation, the Brotherton reservation, today in 1758
  • The Treaty of Nanking, a peace treaty between the United Kingdom and China, was signed today in 1842, it brought an end to the First Opium War
  • The Soviet Union secretly conducted its first successful nuclear weapon test today in 1949

Entertainment Events Today

  • John L Sullivan, also known as “the Boston Strong Boy”, became the first heavyweight boxing champion, under the Marquess of Queensberry rules, today in 1885
  • The British rock band the Beatles performed their last live commercial concert today in 1966, it was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco
  • The English rock band Oasis released their debut album “Definitely Maybe” today in 1994, it included many hit singles including Supersonic and Live Forever

Family Events Today

  • The English actor and filmmaker Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, whose work included producing and directing the movie Gandhi, was born today in 1923 in Cambridge
  • The American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson, also known as “the King of Pop”, was born today in 1958 in Indiana
  • Jerome Silberman, better known as the American actor and writer Gene Wilder, who is most famous for playing Willy Wonka in the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie, died today in 2016 aged 83

Main Event Today

  • The American media-services provider and production company Netflix was founded today in 1997

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Chop Suey Day

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